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Government Updates

Please see the below updates that may be pertinent for your business/members and supply chains.


DBT CE Recognition Announcement

Parliamentary update given on 24 January regarding DBT CE Recognition and forthcoming legislation

·        Webpage: Using the UKCA marking

·        Webpage: Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain

·        Webpage: UK conformity assessment and documentation

·        Webpage: Roles and responsibilities  


UK-EU Committees


Specialised Committee on the Implementation of the Windsor Framework: joint statement, 24 January 2024
The UK Government and European Commission gave a statement after the Specialised Committee on the Implementation of the Windsor Framework meeting


UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement Civil Society Forum 2023
This page provides the conclusions and UK participant list for the second UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement Civil Society Forum meeting on 7 November 2023.

First published January 2024.

Trade Specialised Committee on Level Playing Field for Open and Fair Competition and Sustainable Development
Minutes added for the third meeting on 4 October 2023.


Retained EU law dashboard
REUL dashboard has been updated.


The Agency for UK REACH has published final opinions on the following applications for authorisation.
HSE sent the final opinion to the Appropriate Authorities on 20 September 2023.

Reference: AFA015-01
Applicant: Bonaprene Products Limited
Substance: 2,2'-dichloro-4,4'-methylenedianiline (MOCA, MbOCA) (EC: 202-918-9, CAS: 101-14-4)
Use: MbOCA is used as a reactant in the manufacture of cast polyurethanes at an industrial site.

The Defra Secretary of State with the consent of the Appropriate Authorities has 6 months from receipt of the final opinions in which to make decisions on whether to grant the authorisations.

HMRC updates

HMRC email updates, videos and webinars about importing and exporting
Link to a series of videos about how to complete an import declaration has been updated. A new section and a new link to a series of videos about how to complete an export declaration has been added.

HMRC email updates, videos and webinars for VAT
The link to the live webinar about VAT accounting schemes has been updated.

Customs and borders

Maps of Humber Freeport tax sites
A map has been added to reflect boundary changes at the Goole tax site within Humber Freeport.

How to apply for a repayment of import duty and VAT if you've overpaid (C285)
Information about what to do if you think you may be entitled to a repayment of customs duty following a review by the Trade Remedies Authority has been added.

Bringing commercial goods into Great Britain in your baggage
Taking commercial goods out of Great Britain in your baggage
Find out what you need to do when importing/exporting commercial goods into Great Britain in your accompanied baggage or small vehicle. 

The threshold of the maximum value for making simplified declarations of merchandise in baggage has risen to £2,500.

Report payments and view your allowance for non-customs state aid and customs duty waiver claims
The ‘When to report’ section has been updated to say you must submit a report at least once every 90 days, or your account will be suspended due to inactivity

What you can do if things are seized by HMRC or Border Force
Information has been added to clarify that HMRC or Border Force should receive a request for restoration within 45 days.

[The Plant Protection Products (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2023]
Page updated with “made” SI details and document



Financial sanctions, Belarus
HM Treasury Notice, Belarus, 15/01/2024 added.


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